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Arts

All adults are welcome to register for our open enrollment courses in the liberal arts. No application process or current student status is required. Open enrollment courses offer the flexibility of selecting new courses each quarter as your schedule and interests dictate—an à la carte educational experience.

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Courses

Arts Topics in Impressionism
03/13/2017 to 05/15/2017

HUAS 75000 | Topics in Impressionism

Though widely beloved today, the Impressionists’ paintings baffled, amused, and challenged many viewers in the late 19th century. This course takes a thematic approach to Impressionism, considering the artists’ approach to traditional subjects and exploring how context, artistic persona, and advances in technology advanced the goals of the artists. Finally, the course concludes with a consideration of the impact of the movement on younger artists at the close of the nineteenth century.

No class Apr 17 and 24.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Margaret Farr

Margaret Farr

Margaret Farr

Margaret Farr is an independent art historian with a PhD in art history, specializing in art from 1800 to the present. A former senior lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago, Margaret has also taught at several colleges and universities.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 75000
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 13 to May 15
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Mon
1:30 PM–4:00 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 10, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arts CANCELED: Postmodern Architecture
03/27/2017 to 05/15/2017

HUAS 72001 | CANCELED: Postmodern Architecture

Postmodernism marks perhaps the first time that a major artistic and cultural movement started in architecture and spread outward, rather than the architectural direction being driven by changes in other media. Postmodernism is fundamentally a hybrid. Therefore we will look at its primary antecedents, both Modern and traditional or Neoclassical forms, and trace its evolution from minor heresies in late Modernism to the full-blown “pastel pastiches” for which it became known.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Eric Davis

Eric Davis

Eric Davis

Eric Davis has been a practicing Chicago architect for more than 25 years.  He has taught and written on urban design and Chicago architectural history at IIT, Notre Dame, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 72001
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 27 to May 15
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Mon
10:00 AM–12:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
February 21, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arts Through Egyptian Eyes
03/27/2017 to 05/15/2017

HUAS 93201 | Through Egyptian Eyes

This course examines modalities of ancient Egyptian art and literature within the larger frameworks of how the Egyptians uniquely perceived the universe and their place in it. Topics such as theology, cultural memory, and the nature of the Egyptian state will set the framework of the course.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Mr. Smith holds a master’s in Egyptology from the UChicago Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 93201
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 27 to May 15
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Mon
10:00 AM–12:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arts How to View Art
03/28/2017 to 05/23/2017

HUAS 75010 | How to View Art

What makes a piece of art great? What makes it deep, interesting, and meaningful? Just as we learn how to read fiction, we must learn the basic principles of visual art in order for the interaction to be worthwhile. This class will provide you with the basic tools to interpret visual art: every piece of art is a response to contemporary and older pieces; how to include socio-historical context in your interaction; what is composition and what makes for a great composition; basic ideas of color theory and how they impact us; basic facts about human perception; what is perspective and how it is used. 

Please note: students will need to purchase admission tickets for the Art Institute of Chicago if they are not already members. One year subscription costs $95 and admits two.

No class April 11.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Ariela Lazar

Ariela Lazar

Ariela Lazar

Ariela Lazar received her PhD from UC Berkeley in philosophy. She currently teaches at UChicago and has previously taught at Stanford and Northwestern. She is also an art consultant in Chicago.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 75010
Section: 17S1
Location: Art Institute
Dates:
Mar 28 to May 23
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Tue
12:00 PM–2:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 27, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arts How to View Art
03/29/2017 to 05/17/2017

HUAS 75010 | How to View Art

What makes a piece of art great? What makes it deep, interesting, and meaningful? Just as we learn how to read fiction, we must learn the basic principles of visual art in order for the interaction to be worthwhile. This class will provide you with the basic tools to interpret visual art: every piece of art is a response to contemporary and older pieces; how to include socio-historical context in your interaction; what is composition and what makes for a great composition; basic ideas of color theory and how they impact us; basic facts about human perception; what is perspective and how it is used. 

Please note: students will need to purchase admission tickets for the Art Institute of Chicago if they are not already members. One year subscription costs $95 and admits two.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Ariela Lazar

Ariela Lazar

Ariela Lazar

Ariela Lazar received her PhD from UC Berkeley in philosophy. She currently teaches at UChicago and has previously taught at Stanford and Northwestern. She is also an art consultant in Chicago.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 75010
Section: 17S2
Location: Art Institute
Dates:
Mar 29 to May 17
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Wed
12:00 PM–2:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 28, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arts A Basic Program Exploration of the Visual Arts
03/30/2017 to 06/1/2017

BASC 70043 | A Basic Program Exploration of the Visual Arts

Art is - thrillingly - always with us, and ever new. In Plato’s Symposium, Socrates describes Eros (or Love) as the desire that drives one toward that which draws one - toward the loving of humans, the begetting of works of art, the founding of cities, the clamoring to understand that is philosophia. The same Eros or desire leads us to take in and respond to works of art. Basic Program studies look directly at classic texts without the mediation of secondary commentary. Here, kindredly, we will explore directly a wide selection of the Art Institute of Chicago’s and other sites’ spectacular holdings, engaging them primally, in unmediated intercourse and discussion. First meeting at Gleacher Center, the following nine meetings on sites, which will be announced.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Claudia Traudt

Claudia Traudt

Claudia Traudt

Ms. Traudt holds an MA from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Her art-making, research, and teaching explore modes of creation and perception in word and image. She is the 2006 recipient of the Graham School's Excellence in Teaching Award for the Basic Program.

30 PD/CPDU
Course Code: BASC 70043
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 30 to Jun 01
Tuition: $430.00
Days/Times: Thu
6:00 PM–9:15 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 29, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arts How to View Art
03/30/2017 to 05/18/2017

HUAS 75010 | How to View Art

What makes a piece of art great? What makes it deep, interesting, and meaningful? Just as we learn how to read fiction, we must learn the basic principles of visual art in order for the interaction to be worthwhile. This class will provide you with the basic tools to interpret visual art: every piece of art is a response to contemporary and older pieces; how to include socio-historical context in your interaction; what is composition and what makes for a great composition; basic ideas of color theory and how they impact us; basic facts about human perception; what is perspective and how it is used. 

Please note: students will need to purchase admission tickets for the Art Institute of Chicago if they are not already members. One year subscription costs $95 and admits two.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Ariela Lazar

Ariela Lazar

Ariela Lazar

Ariela Lazar received her PhD from UC Berkeley in philosophy. She currently teaches at UChicago and has previously taught at Stanford and Northwestern. She is also an art consultant in Chicago.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 75010
Section: 17S3
Location: Art Institute
Dates:
Mar 30 to May 18
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Thu
5:15 PM–7:45 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 29, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arts CANCELED: The Architecture of Community
06/19/2017 to 08/28/2017

HUAS 72002 | CANCELED: The Architecture of Community

Many if not most of us want to help make a better world, but how do we actually go about that, in terms of the physical world in which all of us live? This course examines the intersection of architecture, planning, community, politics, and public policy. Towns, cities, neighborhoods, streets, parks, public spaces; we tend to treat them as benign happenstances, one big fait accompli in which we are asked to dwell. And yet, unless you live in a First Growth forest, none of that happened by itself. All of it was overt - and all of it can be improved if we take the time to engage it.

No class July 3.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Eric Davis

Eric Davis

Eric Davis

Eric Davis has been a practicing Chicago architect for more than 25 years.  He has taught and written on urban design and Chicago architectural history at IIT, Notre Dame, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 72002
Section: 17U1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Jun 19 to Aug 28
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Mon
10:00 AM–12:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
February 21, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arts Temple of the World
06/19/2017 to 08/28/2017

HUAS 93202 | Temple of the World

Herodotus calls the Egyptians the most religious of any people he had encountered; what gave rise to this observation, and how was it expressed among the Egyptian people themselves? This course will outline the basics of ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, morality, and social justice using art historical remains from royal and private tombs, state monuments, and preserved papyri.

No class July 3.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Mr. Smith holds a master’s in Egyptology from the UChicago Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 93202
Section: 17U1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Jun 19 to Aug 28
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Mon
10:00 AM–12:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 16, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.